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Cool commercials March 29, 2011

Posted by Beth in Art.
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Yesterday a bloggy friend posted on a series of really cool commercials .

I am now inspired to share another commercial which my friend PP alerted me to by email.

So much for crass commercialism.

Interesting, they are both from banks.

Too late for Christmas January 8, 2011

Posted by Beth in Just for Fun, Music.
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But never too late to enjoy!!

Happy happy New Year.
Peace and Prosperity on Earth.
Good will toward men.
Let Freedom reign.

(HT JD via email.)

Catching up December 10, 2010

Posted by Beth in Music, Personal.

My husband asked me what I want for Christmas.
Since he can’t give me more hours in the day, I had to try and think of something else.
This year, it struck me that– I really don’t lack for anything.
Oh, not that there aren’t things I’d like to have which I currently don’t have…but right now, I am pleasantly busy with family and personal matters, and more STUFF isn’t part of my desires.

Also, I’ve been pretty good to myself lately, and if there is something I really want, I’ve just up and bought it. (All those books on health care policy, and a new pair of suede boots come readily to mind.)

That feels really good.

Mostly it’s that I am feeling particularly settled right now. At peace with myself, and with my immediate family and close friends. I am busy every day with projects and activities I enjoy.

Busy but not frazzled or stressed or hectic.

Not homeschooling anymore probably has a lot to do with that.
Having kids that are in their mid-to-late teens with their heads on straight also helps a lot.

Usually my busy season starts in October—both kids have birthdays, and then there is the Pumpkin Festival and the Young Actor’s Haunted House, and Halloween, followed ever so quickly by Thanksgiving.
This year, they all marched along in step. Even Hanukkah coming early (Dec. 2 for God’s sake!) didn’t throw me.

This past weekend we had a fabulous event at my house. Eva didn’t want to wait until spring for her next recital, so we decided to have one at our house, just for her. The original idea was for it to be a small affair, but it kept growing. Eventually she voiced her discomfort with having this show be all about her, so we turned it into a fund raiser for a program we have been involved with for several years: Keeping Hope Alive.

I started counting chairs and found I was way short. A quick email to the homeschool list, and voila! I had 20 more folding chairs. Good thing too as we ended up having close to 30 people come.

Eva sang Nina (an Italian opera tune) and Defying Gravity (from Wicked) but I am not sure she wants me to post them because they weren’t up to her standards.  Most of the recital consisted of original tunes, which I will post once I get them copyrighted.

But, this one will give you a taste of the fabulous evening of music.

(And we raised almost $1000 to boot!)

Life is good.
At last.

It’s a Better World October 27, 2010

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I love my friend Auri, and he loves….well, you’ll see.
The world is a better place because of Auri.

Go Giants!
Do it for Auri.

The Rational Artist July 30, 2010

Posted by Beth in Art.
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Doug Reich, author of The Rational Capitalist, whose blog on economics and politics I have been following for a couple of years now, has now launched a blog on art: The Rational Artist.

I first became aware that he was a painter when I realized an art work posted on the side bar of his blog was his! (He changes these periodically, and the current one is not his, so I can not link you to an example.) Until he reposts his work, you will have to take my word on it that his representational skill and choice of subjects are lovely.

The Rational Artist has an interesting and unique mission.

Check it out—and let him know what you think.